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Euro 2004

Asked if the Prime Minister had watched the England v Switzerland match last night, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had been at the European Council meeting in Brussels yesterday. However, he had managed to see parts of the game. Like anyone else, he was looking forward to Monday’s match against Croatia. Asked if the Prime Minister might be persuaded to fly the England flag in Downing Street were England to reach the final, the PMS said that it wasn’t our policy to comment on hypothetical situations. Asked if she was indicating that the idea hadn’t been ruled out, the PMS said that it was important for people to take the tournament one game at a time. In our experience, it wasn’t helpful to engage in hypothetical discussion about any issues, especially those relating to football.

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  1. Unless, of course, those hypothetical discussions are about what Saddam Hussein might have done or assuming that every terrorist act is committed by an organisation "with links to Al-Quaida".

    Comment by Uncarved Block — 18 Jun 2004 on 5:20 pm | Link
  2. Oh, there are "links", as in Mystery Science Theatre links. Person connected to X was in the same place with person connected to Y and had a meeting with common Z; or person connected to X and person connected to Y met in some clandestine location… once… eight years ago. Or even X let someone from Y’s organisation receive medical treatment. X granted asylum to hijackers believed to be connected to Y. X granted permission for someone in Y’s organisation to have medical treatment to live in Baghdad.

    You know, vague crap like that. But at no point do X and Y ever meet; or support one another; or have real common interests or goals, other than some general dislike of the United States.

    If it’s general dislike of the United States that makes one a suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist, then hell, every country on the planet has millions of them. Someone has to draw the line somewhere, and right now, the U.S. is being very busy trying to draw the line at "people that most people don’t like very much and who don’t like us", knowing full well that if they choose their demographic carefully, they’ll get support from the sheeple.

    Even this won’t derail him.

    Comment by Gregory Block — 18 Jun 2004 on 8:54 pm | Link
  3. Nicely summed up, Greg; very impressed! Says it all really. ALTHOUGH this link is about Euro 2004…

    Comment by PapaLazzzaru — 20 Jun 2004 on 12:35 am | Link
  4. So let’s draw the parallel:

    Whether we win or lose Euro 2004, all the rest of the world will remember are the riots.

    Comment by Gregory Block — 20 Jun 2004 on 1:20 pm | Link
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